Holding Hands During the Ribbon Race

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    05-03-2010, 12:57 PM
Holding Hands During the Ribbon Race

So, guys, what do you think? At a play day yesterday, we had a pair of riders hold hands during the Ribbon Race. There was a general outcry that the team was cheating, but nobody stopped them because there was no written rule about it. I know, I know..."no written rule" and so oh well, but, still, was it ethical? Thoughts?

For those of you who don't know what a ribbon race is, I found this on-line today. And look, they don't allow hand holding.

Ribbon race (or crepe paper race): two to a team. Each contestant may enter only once! No mixed Junior/Senior etc. teams allowed. Mounted on horses, each rider holds an end of an approximately 7 foot crepe paper streamer and they race around one barrel (see diagram). The team is disqualified if the streamer breaks or if they let go of it. The team cannot be connected to each other in any way except with the streamer (no holding hands etc.).

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    05-03-2010, 01:02 PM
Seems like a no brainer, you should not be able to hold hands. Then what is the point of the ribbon not breaking.
    05-03-2010, 01:18 PM
Originally Posted by PBritton2U    
The team cannot be connected to each other in any way except with the streamer (no holding hands etc.).

This here indicates that holding hands is against the rules, because they are afterall "connected".
    05-03-2010, 01:18 PM
I know...that was my thought.

Thanks for the reply!

    05-03-2010, 01:27 PM
If I were that person I would be embarrassed to win by cheating. How can you feel like you accomplished anything if you don't follow the same rules as your competition?
    05-03-2010, 01:33 PM
Seven foot?! Ours is 18 inches!

No holding hands or linking fingers in our rules.
    05-03-2010, 04:45 PM

Haha yes holding hands is against the rules. But a way to kinda cheat is to fold the ribbon in half so its doubled up. That's what me and my friend did. =)
    05-03-2010, 04:46 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
No holding hands or linking fingers in our rules.
The rules I posted didn't come from the actual event. It was something I pulled off of Google. But that was part of the problem; there was nothing in writing, but I could have sworn holding hands wasn't allowed in all the other ribbon races I've watched in the past.

So I'm still curious, anyone else run into the "no holding hands" rule in the past?

    05-03-2010, 05:02 PM
I believe that should be classified as cheating.

Of course, coach always said, "If you're not cheating, you're not trying." Then again, coach spent most of his life looking for jobs, ha.

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